Countryside grants up for grabs

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THE PRINCE of Wales’ Countryside Fund of £600,000 is open for applications.

Since setting up in 2010 more than 200 projects have been awarded a total of £8million.

With grants of up to £50,000 available per project totalling over £600,000, rural organisations and communities are being encouraged by the fund to consider applying for funding to support their countryside projects.

The grant programme tackles a wide range of rural issues including support and business advice for traditional farming families, career support and training opportunities for young people and support for communities to run vital community services.

This March, applications are being particularly welcomed from community shops, pubs and innovative projects intended to alleviate rural isolation.

Clare Crookenden, grant manager, said: ‘The Prince’s Countryside Fund is seeking applications from creative and inspirational projects right across the UK.

‘We are keen to encourage more applicants from Scotland.

‘I would encourage anyone thinking of applying to visit our website to find out more about our grant programme and read our eligibility guidance.’

Cows out on Kintyre last Friday
Cows out on Kintyre last Friday